Quote of the day
- “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.” — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who leapt to Hillary Clinton’s defence on the issue of her controversial email practices as secretary of state during the first Democratic presidential debate Tuesday. Clinton responded by smiling, shaking his hand and saying, “Thank you.”
Bad case of the nasties
- Dirty fighting: As we go into the final stretch, the Conservatives have launched an ad campaign in some Chinese and Punjabi newspapers in Vancouver and Toronto and dispatched candidates to accuse the Liberals of planning to establish neighbourhood brothels and sell marijuana to kids. The NDP has accused the Liberals of spreading a rumour Quebec NDP MP Nycole Turmel is dying, something the Liberals steadfastly deny.
- Where the leaders are: With three polls in the last 24 hours showing the Liberals widening a lead on the Conservatives nationally, Prime Minister Stephen Harper continues to visit Conservative-held ridings at risk of falling to the Liberals in the Greater Toronto Area today, while Justin Trudeau visits ridings in southwestern Ontario he wants to pick up. He ends the day at a rally in the riding of Ajax, where Immigration Minister Chris Alexander is fighting to hold onto his seat. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is campaigning first in Nova Scotia and later in a riding north of Montreal, also playing defence.
- In Saint Boniface-Saint Vital: Mary Agnes Welch has a riding profile of Shelly Glover’s old constituency. It was a surprise when the former Heritage minister decided to step down. Then, it was a surprise when former NDP health minister Erin Selby threw her hat into the ring for the NDP. Could Oct. 19 bring a surprise as well?
For local politics
- Getting schooled: The NDP minister responsible for Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries says provincial Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari has taken a laughable position on the Crown corporation’s new headquarters. Ron Lemieux said Bokhari is poorly informed about the issue and accused the Liberal leader of failing to understand contracts and agreements may not be broken.
- Getting a home: Housing prices are still climbing in Winnipeg. The overall average price of a resale home in Winnipeg has climbed by more than three per cent in the past year, according to the latest quarterly house-prices survey by Royal LePage.
In case you missed it
- Hard lessons: Michael Coren says the Canadian Tories took a page out of the American song book and that could have cost them the election.
- Candidate selection: Sure, there have been several candidates who have had to drop out of the race because of things they’ve done in the past, but Royce Koop argues the current way candidates are selected is still a good way to go.
Today in history
- Today in 1935, William Lyon Mackenzie King defeated R. B. Bennett in the 18th federal general election, winning 171 of the 245 Commons seats, to 40 Conservatives, 17 Social Credit; 7 CCF, one Independent and taking 44.8 per cent of the popular vote for the largest majority since Confederation.
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